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  1. Politics

    WaPo’s Obama Piece Takes Old News, Adds Nada

    January 3, 2007 04:39 PM

    With the field of presidential contenders just beginning to form and the press corps hungry for some new political red meat, it's not so surprising to find reporters engaged in the well-worn art of inventing controversy so they can have... Continue reading

  2. Feature

    The New Arab Conversation

    January 1, 2007 08:30 AM

    Bombs don’t discriminate between combatants and children. This sad fact became an inconvenient one last summer for Israel, which had maintained that its bombing of Lebanon was solely an attack on Hezbollah, the Shiite militia that had kidnapped two... Continue reading

  3. The Water Cooler

    Adam Bellow, Pamphleteer for the 21st Century

    December 20, 2006 12:25 PM

    Adam Bellow, son of the novelist Saul Bellow, has been in publishing for the past twenty years and has earned a name for himself as an editor of famously controversial and conservative books like Illiberal Education, The Real Anita Hill,... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    (Re)Writing Pinochet’s Legacy

    December 12, 2006 05:42 PM

    If only Jeanne Kirkpatrick could have stayed around a few more days, she would have felt vindicated by the obituaries and editorials that poured in in the wake of Augusto Pinochet's death on Sunday. Author of the famous 1979 <a... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    The Curse of the ‘Small Innaccuracy’

    December 4, 2006 10:24 AM

    In a Slate article last week, author Diane McWhorter attempted to reclaim a taboo word that had never really been taken away from her or anyone else in these days of tempestuous political rhetoric: the ability to make Nazi... Continue reading

  6. Behind the News

    Did Someone Say Hackneyed?

    November 29, 2006 03:44 PM

    It is with great consternation that we acknowledge that our least favorite cartoonist at the New York Times has been let back in the building. Now, you might be wondering, given that the Times no longer has funny pages, what... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    The Times Does Two Academics One Better

    November 14, 2006 03:28 PM

    As happens every few years, intense attention has turned recently to the United States' extraordinarily close relationship with Israel -- an alliance that stirs passions both from those who agree with it and those who think it is at the... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    No Joy in Foxville Last Night

    November 8, 2006 04:40 PM

    Around 11 o'clock last night, as Brit Hume, grandfatherly reading glasses perched on the edge of his nose, finally conceded that the Democrats had won a majority in the House, he unleashed Fox News' most dramatic visual embellishment of the... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    Press Blows Up the Kerry Story, Honest Debate Gets Smacked Down

    November 2, 2006 04:38 PM

    He left out a two-letter word, "us." What he meant to say, what his prepared remarks have him saying is this: "Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy?... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    See Slime Run (But Try Not To Follow)

    October 30, 2006 05:46 PM

    At the end of last week, in George Allen's attempt to force voters to consider explicit and bizarrely perverse excerpts from the novels of James Webb, his opponent in the Virginia Senate race, we had the perfect test case for... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Where’s the Wisdom in the WaPo Profiles of Allen, Webb?

    October 27, 2006 02:48 PM

    In a midterm election season that is increasingly debased, with Michael J. Fox's tremors and a bare-shouldered blond from Tennessee stealing center stage from, say, Iraq or North Korea, we welcomed two lengthy A1 profiles in the Washington Post of... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Changing Direction, or Changing the Rhetoric?

    October 24, 2006 02:23 PM

    Isn't it lovely when reality and the Onion melt into one? All pretense of seriousness is dropped and the true absurdity behind some of what is billed as 'news' lurches into the light. Well, that's not exactly what happened... Continue reading

  13. Behind the News

    Humanizing the North Korean Nukes Story

    October 19, 2006 02:15 PM

    There is no shortage of unknown variables when it comes to gauging the significance of North Korea's decision to test some kind of nuclear device last week (not least of which is, how crazy is Kim Jung Il?). But one... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Debating the Body Count in Iraq

    October 12, 2006 04:05 PM

    When war is waged to improve the lives of a country's people, the body count -- the number of those killed as a result of the war itself -- cannot help but be wrapped up in politics. No one who... Continue reading

  15. The Audit

    YouTube Deal is Doomed Just Because It Is

    October 10, 2006 05:14 PM

    The business world is filled with unprecedented moments. Deals happen that don't resemble anything previous, a stock surprises, a new CEO has personal qualities that don't fit the mold. This is obvious, right? It should be, but there are a... Continue reading

  16. Behind the News

    ‘A Good, Old-Fashioned Human Triumph’

    October 6, 2006 04:02 PM

    The Providence Journal has always had a reputation as a newspaper that values narrative and gives space to long-form journalism that tells stories rather than simply reporting what happened yesterday. This kind of writing has, of course, started disappearing from... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, a Jew?

    October 2, 2006 01:28 PM

    Last Thursday, at a vociferous debate in New York City's Cooper Union, we heard something that struck us as a bit bizarre. The event was an intellectual all-star panel convened to discuss -- and mostly yell at and over one... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    New York Post Could Learn From Fox’s Chris Wallace

    September 26, 2006 05:00 PM

    Maybe it was the typically puerile and irreverent headline that made us do a double-take: "Rice Boils Over At Bubba." But we couldn't help but marvel at the oddity of the secretary of state giving an exclusive interview to... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Behind All the Macaca, a Vital Debate of Ideas

    September 25, 2006 01:38 PM

    What does it take for the national media to turn its attention to a senate race? Macaca. For what reason are we asked to start caring about the fortunes of a senator who has been billed as a presidential contender?... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    What Next, a Pound of Flesh?

    September 20, 2006 04:15 PM

    Among the various tightropes that the modern newspaper walks -- between objectivity and subjectivity, patriotism and dissidence, commercial interest and public good -- is the one between appealing to its readers' better natures or basest instincts. The choice is not... Continue reading

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